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Thanksgiving Weekend Gives Big West Swim Clubs Brief Respite

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The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday has the Big West swim teams taking a break from competition as none of the five clubs are scheduled for action.

The week off marks the first stanza of the 2009-10 season in which none of the league's swim teams will be in action. The following weekend will be the opposite as three teams travel out of state for meets.

UC Davis heads to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invite, while UC Santa Barbara and Pacific head to Federal Way, Wash., for the U.S. Short Course Nationals.

Previously in the Big West

The previous action in the Big West saw two teams head to the site of the Conference Championships, one take part in a tri-meet and two others go head-to-head in a renewal of a rivalry for the second time this season.

The Cal State Northridge men’s and women’s team and the UC Davis women’s contingent were at Belmont Pool in Long Beach, Calif., for the Toshiba Classic. The field had some impressive clubs such as Stanford and Hawai’i, but both teams put forth stellar performances amongst the heavyweights. The Matador men were 9th with 261 points, while the CSUN women finished up in 15th with 143 points. The Aggie women finished one spot ahead of the CSUN women, putting up 160 points over the three-day event.

Central Coast rivals Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara met in the newly renovated Anderson Aquatics Center in San Luis Obispo in a true dual meet last weekend. The day belonged to UCSB as the Gaucho men posted a 152.5-137.5 victory over the Mustangs while on the women’s side UC Santa Barbara posted a 172-122 triumph.

Pacific made the short jaunt to Fresno for a tri-meet against Fresno Pacific and UC Santa Cruz last weekend. The Tiger men fell to FPU by a count of 172-116, while picking up a win over UCSC by a 164-124 final. The Pacific women's team was able to sweep the day as they topped the Sunbirds, 177-107 and downed the Banana Slugs, 184-110.